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    It amazes me the number of people driving full size trucks, some 4x4, every day to work and back. When I first moved to my current house I drove a 4 cylinder Ford Ranger and was getting about 25 mpg. I then went to a 6 cylinder F150 in the early 2000's and was getting about 21 mpg. When the price of gas jumped to over 3$ I switched to a small car, a Hyundai Accent and get about 33-35 mpg. I've put over 190,000 on that little Accent and have saved a ton of money on gasoline, maintenance, and depreciation. I still keep a full size truck for occasional use but I probably put less than 1000 miles per year on it.

    Does anyone else drive small cars anymore? I really don't see many on the road in our area. It's mostly trucks and suv's. I'm sure the sales numbers reflect that too.

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    The Ford F150 is the #1 selling vehicle in America. That should tell you something. Maybe some people don't want to drive a little car, despite it's perceived savings...
    They deem me mad because I will not sell my days for gold; and I deem them mad because they think my days have a price. Kahlil Gibran

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoTrespassing View Post
    It amazes me the number of people driving full size trucks, some 4x4, every day to work and back. When I first moved to my current house I drove a 4 cylinder Ford Ranger and was getting about 25 mpg. I then went to a 6 cylinder F150 in the early 2000's and was getting about 21 mpg. When the price of gas jumped to over 3$ I switched to a small car, a Hyundai Accent and get about 33-35 mpg. I've put over 190,000 on that little Accent and have saved a ton of money on gasoline, maintenance, and depreciation. I still keep a full size truck for occasional use but I probably put less than 1000 miles per year on it.

    Does anyone else drive small cars anymore? I really don't see many on the road in our area. It's mostly trucks and suv's. I'm sure the sales numbers reflect that too.

    Kevin
    Wait until gas prices hit $3.50 gal.its a vicious cycle going back to the 1970,s oil embargo.I miss the chevy chevette,vega and ford pinto.True classics,LOL..
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    F250 4X4 Crew Cab sits most of the time, my commuter is a first gen Scion xb. I made the same observation years ago, most of my trips are just me. No need for anything big.

    I also commute by bicycle but not as often as I'd like:

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    I drive a grand prix to commute, yeah I know it's not a tiny car, but it gets over 10mpg better than my 2500 ram does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoTrespassing View Post
    It amazes me the number of people driving full size trucks, some 4x4, every day to work and back. When I first moved to my current house I drove a 4 cylinder Ford Ranger and was getting about 25 mpg. I then went to a 6 cylinder F150 in the early 2000's and was getting about 21 mpg. When the price of gas jumped to over 3$ I switched to a small car, a Hyundai Accent and get about 33-35 mpg. I've put over 190,000 on that little Accent and have saved a ton of money on gasoline, maintenance, and depreciation. I still keep a full size truck for occasional use but I probably put less than 1000 miles per year on it.

    Does anyone else drive small cars anymore? I really don't see many on the road in our area. It's mostly trucks and suv's. I'm sure the sales numbers reflect that too.

    Kevin
    How much is the lives of your family worth?
    My Suburban will drive right OVER your little Accent and never know it was there.
    MY family is SAFER.

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    I love driving my truck, except to the gas station. Not a fan of wedging my big butt into a smaller car. I'm over 6' and just never seem to be comfortable in a small car. Even my wife's Ford Edge seems small and it is a decent sized vehicle. I think it has more to do with sitting down into a car vs. climbing into a truck.

    Dunno. To each his own I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LD48750 View Post
    How much is the lives of your family worth?
    My Suburban will drive right OVER your little Accent and never know it was there.
    MY family is SAFER.
    Until the lawyers get involved== $$
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    Quote Originally Posted by LD48750 View Post
    How much is the lives of your family worth?
    My Suburban will drive right OVER your little Accent and never know it was there.
    MY family is SAFER.
    A drunk driver hit my Kodiak. The driver of the kodiak walked away pissed off. A driver of a compact car wouldn't have faired as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Einthewoods View Post
    I love driving my truck, except to the gas station. Not a fan of wedging my big butt into a smaller car. I'm over 6' and just never seem to be comfortable in a small car. Even my wife's Ford Edge seems small and it is a decent sized vehicle. I think it has more to do with sitting down into a car vs. climbing into a truck.

    Dunno. To each his own I guess.
    Love our trucks also not so much the MPG,s.
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